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About Blue Smoke

Blue Smoke celebrates the evolving American South and honors its culinary traditions. Inspired by the many regions of the South, from the Carolina coast to the hills of central Texas, Executive Chef Jean-Paul Bourgeois’ menu is soulful with a selection of smoked meats, fresh produce, and thoughtfully sourced ingredients. Classic and specialty cocktails, an extensive American craft beer list, American wines and whiskey served by a welcoming team complete the experience.

The flagship Blue Smoke, with the club Jazz Standard, is located on East 27th Street in New York City, and a second location opened in 2012 in NYC’s Battery Park City.

116 East 27th Street
New York, NY 10016
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Barbecue, American

Hours of Operation:
Sun - Thursday 11:30 AM - 10:00 PM
Fri & Saturday 11:30 AM - 11:00 PM

Cross Street:
Park Avenue South and Lexington Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 447-7733

Website:
http://www.bluesmoke.com/

Entertainment:
Be sure to check out Jazz Standard downstairs where there is live music 7 days a week. Shows are at 7:30pm & 9:30pm every night, with an additional 11:30pm show on Fridays and Saturdays.

Public Transit:
6 Train to Park Avenue So. and 28th Street, and the N,R at 28th and Broadway.

Executive Chef:
Jean-Paul Bourgeois

Additional:
Bar/Lounge, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Outdoor dining, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

Blue Smoke offers a selection of traditional barbecue styles from across the country along with other regional American specialties, served with warm hospitality in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. Let us plan your next event.

Blue Smoke Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.4

service

4.4

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4.2

value

4.0

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Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Comfort Food (73)
Casual (62)
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Bar Seating (27)
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Great for Lunch (24)
Special Occasion (24)
Fit for Foodies (21)
Live Music (19)
Kid-friendly (16)
Vibrant Bar Scene (16)
Business Meals (15)
Handcrafted Cocktails (14)
Happy Hour (13)
Great for Brunch (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Late-night Find (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Spicy (11)
Worth the Drive (11)
Hot Spot (10)
Sunday Lunch (10)
Cozy (9)
Good for Anniversaries (8)
Quick Bite (8)
Live Sports (6)
Local Ingredients (6)
Paleo Friendly (6)
Quiet Conversation (6)
Tasting Menu (6)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Awful. Food was terrible. Ribs were dry and cold. We are having wings and no wet wipes were provided. Service was super slow. I had an empty glass of diet coke and wine for half of the dinner. Family visiting all the way from Portugal and this was awful. Stay away from the one on 27th. Used to be good and now is terrible

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 (San Francisco)·Dined 3 days ago

Delicious beef ribs. They keep us coming back. Also fun for lunch with family members of all ages.

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·Dined 4 days ago

I've liked this place since it opened long ago. Nice vibe, nice wait staff, mostly really good BBQ based on different regional styles from the south and west. Is it the best BBQ place in NYC? I dunno, but it's certainly quite decent. Fave: The brisket. It's just always moist and tasty and hearty and... you know. When I make BBQ brisket at home I want it to come out like this, but it doesn't. The ribs are pretty killer, too, as long as you like your ribs on the sweet side, which I do. Weak spot is the smoked chicken - it's a bit too salty for me, and I'm even a guy who likes salty stuff. just something off balance there. but aside from that, I've summed everything I've had here. Oh, the deviled eggs are particularly good, too.

Tags: Spicy, Tasting Menu, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined 5 days ago

Good choice of meats from the smokehouse. I enjoyed very much the sausage and the brisket. Delicious. Side orders are also top notch. There is a tasting of all they got, which is a very good choice if you are hungry.

Tags: Comfort Food, Authentic, Live Music
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·Dined 7 days ago

Good food and good service, in summary I would gladly return in warmer months.....

I would just comment that the place was very cold in doors. We were initially by the front door and that was perishing. We were then moved to a table upstairs that was warmer but still cold in anyone’s terms. I don’t think it was just either as fellow diners were borderline shivering plus the waiters were warming themselves on portable heaters too..

Tags: Comfort Food, Fun, Good for Groups, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

The gumbo was served luke warm and I sent it back. It was hot the second time around, but still a little bland and thin. The ribs were delicious. A fun place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Casual
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vip
 (New England)·Dined 7 days ago

My niece was very excited about trying Blue Smoke for her birthday. When I called to confirm our reservation the hostess asked about our special occasion taking my nieces name and age so we could celebrate it. We tried the BBQ chips, cornbread Madeline's, Mac and Cheese and Gumbo. The Mac and cheese was great, as were the Madeline's! The chips were OK but the gumbo was really disappointing. Thin broth with little to no sausage and a scoop of rice on the side? The chips were served quickly however the Madeline's took some time, arriving at the same time as our meals. We also ordered the biscuits but they never turned up. Once we finished dinner, it took over 20 mins for our plates to be cleared. The waiter dropped off the dessert menu returning 15 mins later to ask about our choice. Given my discussion with the hostess I had assumed - incorrectly - that they would bring a celebration dessert. After a 45 min wait, we choose to pass on dessert and go home. The restaurant was clearly understaffed for a Sunday evening. A very disappointing evening all around.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Obviously they had an off night last Sunday...all the meats were overcooked and very dry.
Having eaten at Blue Smoke many times throughout the years thought it a good idea to take friends visiting from Peru to taste real American Bar BQ, sorry it did not satisfied.

Tags: Comfort Food, Casual
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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Our dinner at Blue Smoke was the first stop in our Danny Meyer restaurant tour--inspired by reading his book. I was honestly shocked by the poor service our table received, even in a restaurant that wasn't that crowded on a Sunday night. Servers seemed preoccupied and even annoyed by us; service wasn't timely; no one offered help with the menu. I was just disappointed. I'm happy to pay the prices charged but when I do, I really expect better service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The food was great as well as the service. Our only complaint was sitting near the door. It was a cold day and we were freezing. So it was a bit uncomfortable to eat while it was cold. Other than that, it’s an awesome place with great food.

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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Excellent meal.. great service.. fun time had by all

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion, Live Music, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Went to Blue Smoke for the first time and loved it! We got a half rack of ribs, half pound of brisket, and mac and cheese. The BBQ sauce was outstanding. Only slight hiccup is that the mac and cheese was a bit bland (didn’t stop us from finishing it though!!). Great beer selection and our waiter gave us a complimentary order of corn bread Madeline’s that we were considering earlier! So amazing! I’d definitely go back

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Good for a Date
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·Dined on January 13, 2018

Absolutely great experience for my friend's bachelor party. The food was absolutely amazing and everything we tried was delicious.
Only feedback is that it was quite hot in the upper seating area where the reserved seating was.
Other than that, it was a wonderful dining experience that I'll be bringing my girlfriend back to enjoy with me!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great Beer, Casual
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 (New England)·Dined on January 12, 2018

There is a sign in the restaurant that says “Best Wings in Manhattan.” I’m not sure if that’s true because this is the only place in Manhattan that I’ve had wings (I’m from MA), but these were the best wings I’ve ever had! The “Alabama Sauce” (the only option they have) is so dynamic - a little sweet, a little spicy, a little smokey, a little creamy... I’ve never had anything like it. The spicy chicken sandwich was excellent too! We loved it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

First time here. Looking forward to the second and third

Tags: Bar Seating, Quick Bite, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 11, 2018

Ridiculously small portions. A half rack of ribs was four small ribs with a shallow dish of Mac and cheese and a shot glass of slaw. Used to be a favorite and hadn’t been there in a while. Won’t be back anytime soon.

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·Dined on January 3, 2018

Smelled great when we walked in and tasted just as great!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2018

Perfect dinner on New Year’s Day! Very nice staff and food was very good!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Crazy pricey tiny beers. Cocktails are a better value for sure. Food was good - not amazing. Have been before and was better, so hopefully just a one-off.

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·Dined on January 1, 2018

We went for New Year’s Eve it wasn’t crazy busy we loved that we never felt rushed but the service wasn’t great ... after the food was delivered the waitress never came back she always seemed like she was in a rush had to flag her down quite a few times

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Child friendly. The cookies that kids decorate with sprinkles prior to being baked is a great touch. The ribs are always good. The beignets are a new addition to the dessert menu since our last visit and should absolutely be a permanent fixture, everyone loved them. One member of our group had the gumbo and said it was very unpalatable. Another fish option on the dinner menu besides salmon would be good.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Paleo Friendly, Special Occasion, Comfort Food
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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 31, 2017

First time here? Get the pit and try a bit of everything. It is more than enough food!

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 (Monterrey)·Dined on December 31, 2017

Excellent bbq ribs...if you want to try their beef ribs you better get early because they run out...Excellent place...very cozy place...great experience...

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Bar Seating, Great Beer
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·Dined on December 31, 2017

Decidedly average at best ! Main course came out sixty seconds after our starters. Limited menu. And wasn't very impressed at all.

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·Dined on December 30, 2017

We stumbled across this Gem before our visit to New York! Only disappointing thing is we don’t have time for another visit before we leave! Good and the team were great!

Tags: Handcrafted Cocktails, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Authentic, Good for a Date
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·Dined on December 30, 2017

The food was delicious. Our waiter, who was hearing impaired, was spectacular...very helpful with the menu items. He checked on us often to see if we needed anything. Loved the barbecue sauce.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Food was pricey and lacking flavor. The brisket was dry and the beef rib was all bone, hardly any meat. There are other bbq places that are much better.

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·Dined on December 29, 2017

Been coming here for a long time and im sorry to say that the place has taken a turn for the worst. The prices have gone through the roof but the food has not kept up. Our food was cold and the ribs were no better than applebees. I will not be coming back.

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·Dined on December 28, 2017

The closes we have found to southern BBQ! Thanks for putting a lil south in our mouth!

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Blue Smoke provided us with some excellent barbecue on a cold winter's night. Especially delicious were the beans, the ribs, and the brisket. Though the chairs were rather hard and uncomfortable, and the corner we sat in by a large window particularly cold, we will definitely go back for the food.

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Essex)·Dined on December 28, 2017

We have been to Blue Smoke numerous times and always had a lovely meal. We arrived on Wednesday night, 5 minutes before our reservation time and was told the table was being set up, 20 minutes later and after asking a couple of times we finally sat down, nobody apologized for the wait. Overall the food was great as usual but very unimpressed with the front desk staff.

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good place. Fantastic collard greens. Ribs a little too sweet and fruity but very tender

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Wonderful Ribs!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

We've been here several times in the past and the food and service are always terrific.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Three diners: one of us was four square mayor back in the day, one huge fan of the food, one a visitor back for the second time in one week. We ordered two apps, two meats, one side (drinks and dessert). All of our food came out at the same time. How are three people supposed to eat deviled eggs, cheese fries, and a basket of wings BEFORE our brisket and ribs get cold? Well, we couldn’t. Our appetizer plates were taken away with our uneaten wings still on them! After we expressed our disappointment in the uneaten wings being kidnapped, we got an unenthusiastic apology from our server (name available upon request). I wouldn’t have stayed for dessert but some people enjoy a complete meal. I had lost my appetite after my wings were confiscated.
It being the busy holiday season is not an excuse for taking my wings. We have been to this location enough times to expect attentive service. It will be quite some time before I return. When I do, stay away from my wings or I will stab you with my fork! Same review will be posted to yelp.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

Great Resturant - staff were very friendly and accommodating - food was also very good, we ordered the whole pit ($40pp) and there was more than enough food and sides for everyone 10/10

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Server ignored us most of the meal. Great food though.

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·Dined on December 24, 2017

My friend and I had an excellent dinner here. The brisket was simply fantastic, it's pepper coating was the highlight of the meal.

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vip
 (Seattle)·Dined on December 23, 2017

A pleasant surprise. Would return for lunch or dinner again. Strongly recommend the BBQ entrees as some of the best in NYC. Friendly and attentive staff.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 22, 2017

Yummy! This place is definitely worth trying. Food was so good. My husband and I got 1 order of the beef ribs and shared it. Flavor was excellent. It was enough for the both of us and we got 2 sides. Mac n Cheese was so good as well. For dessert we got the beignets and they were fantastic. The restaurant is family style so you can share dishes if you want. Definitely will be back to this place.

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